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. tonight on "nightline." sell that house. their house wasn't selling anywhere near the price they needed but with one expert and a little cash they increased its value by tens of thousands of dollars. the secret of a 48-hour home makeover. it's a popular web show bringing together religious singles, on search for ladder day love. what does it take to win the heart of the mormon bachelor. and stroller wars from heidi klum to gwyneth paltrow, the latest status symbol swanky strollers that cost $5,000.
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why these luxury cruisers are causing a stir. good evening. i'm terry moran. tonight a much-needed shot of optimism for the american housing market as new data released these medium home prices have risen since last july. while it could mean good news for the roughly 2 million americans with homes on the market. there are cheap and easy ways you can raise your home's value yourself sometimes by tens of thousands are dollars. sharyn alfonsi brings us the incredible 48-hour makeover. >> reporter: meet jessica and her husband, karl. their whole family lived in this town of new jersey, their mom, and dad, up the road and
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everyone so close to skres ka a jessica and carl. but they decided to move. >> we all put our house on the market at the same time. there's sold and they're gone. >> reporter: they can't sell their house and can't figure out why. they bought the house for $325,000 six years ago. today they're asking $225,000. $100,000 less. but it still won't sell. >> $100,000, it's real money and our savings -- we're going pay to get out of it. is it overpriced? they brought in an appraiser to find out and got bad news. he estimated their home was worth just $190,000. $35,000 less than what they're asking. that gap could be a huge problem if they ever do get an offer. . when a bank gets a low appraisal they often won't do the loan at all. they feel it's overvalued.
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and they feel at risk. you can implore with the bank they have a second look but the fact of the matter it's rarely urn turned around. >> reporter: underappraisals is an obstacle in today's tough et. >> just when they thought everything was great and they know what the house is worth and three people wanted it. they get the last-minute surprise, oops, can't buy it. can't get the money. >> reporter: can they get the appraisal up for are they suck? we brought in alice, one of the leadest appraisal experts to help. >> we need a hatchet. >> she said the overgrown yard is a big problem. >> this is deferd maintenance. >> reporter: maintenance counts. an appraiser can take off thousand of dollars for having
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an unkempt yard. >> reporter: in the kitchen, jessica already stripped down the cabinets and painted them white but alice wants the fawcett updated. >> it makes it look jazzier. >> reporter: she said don't redo the entire kitchen. adding a new facet could be considered an update and adds value. >> then the office. >> reporter: down stairs it's out with the old and in with the new. alice said an old tv can actually make the whole room look dated. >> and she notices this. >> is there a reason why there's carpet on top of carpet? >> carpet on top of carpet will read like a stain. don't want to give the appraiser the impression you're hiding something. also there's some things you should high. >> i'm struck by fruit and a sword on the mantle. >> reporter: pack away personal touch, art, religious artifacts,
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houses like saltine cracker, simple and bland and go with anything. so we started. moflg out the oversized furniture. slip covering what is west. rolling up the regular and clipping the hujs. i left them with a list. >> it's seven pages long. you have 48 hours. good luck. they spent $1600 on improvements but would it pay off? remember the office? it's now all business. the cluttered kitchen, cleaned up. the old facet, updated and stuffed and dated living room now slip covered. even the tv state of the art. the appraiser was here. meet tom, an appraiser for 26 years. he said it's part art, part science. >> what kind of improve manies have you made to your home in the recent past? >> a lot. >> reporter: he spent about an hour looking them over and sizing them up.
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but could those simple changes really increase their appraisal? >> cost is not value. because you paid "x" number of dollars and put $200,000 of upgrades into your home does not mean the market will reimburse you for those expenses. >> reporter: a day later they were ready to find out if the market would reimburse them for their upgrade. remember the last appraisal was $190,000. the new appraisal? >> that's good. >> reporter: $214,000. a $24,000 increase. for "nightline" i'm share win alfonsi in hackettestown, new jersey. that worked. thanks for sharyn. next up. single, mormon and looking for lasting love while the cameras roll. meet the contestants of the mormon bachelor. that's next. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since,
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it's a new twist on the looking for love reality genre. taking a page from the batch lover's playbook but adding a religious spin. it brings together singles on a search for life-long love. we look inside the contestants and the show's mastermind. >> reporter: it's just like the abc show you know and love. >> we're steaming in there because of us. >> reporter: but with a very important twist. >> that's not my tile. i don't like kissing on the first "the batchelor." "the mormon bachelor" was inspire by abc's "the batchelor." while it bhips up reality show
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of speed dating with all of the romance and sex and scandal you come to expect -- >> i couldn't live without her. >> reporter: the real life series "the mormon bachelor" has a distinctively mormon approach. the star of the show is chris barber a 26-year-old virgin. >> we don't engage in sexual activities before marriage? >> not even a case? >> of course, kisses, what not. we try to keep it clean. >> well, we talk about being chaste. >> this isn't fun stuff to talk about on a date. >> we have lots of things to talk about. >> reporter: that's melissa, one of 12 women vying for chris' heart. they let us tag along as they got to know each other. right off the bat chris and melissa broke one of my pre conceptions about the church of ladder day saints. >> coca-cola -- >> we're not supposed to drink
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hot drinks. >> yeah. >> i don't think coca-cola will turn me into a lunatic. >> reporter: it's a far cry from abc owes "the bachelor pad" this summer a bunch of contestants ended up naked in the pool. not likely to happen on "the mormon bachelor". >> we get hit on about doing a fantasy suite. sorry, kissing is all you'll see. friends aubrey and erin came up with the idea of the show after graduating from brigham young university. as young mormons they found the dating culture especially frustrating. >> our dating practices are so different than the dating practices of the main stream. holding hands and kissing which is not very passionate, is pretty much all you can do before you're married.
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so it's very different. >> how old are you? >>. >> 32. >> it hasn't been easy. >> i can imagine. >> but it will be worth it. >> aubrey auditioned for abc's "the batchelor." >> i don't know why i would make it. in reality i wanted to marianne lds guy. >> aubrey met her shining prince on a shining harley. six months later they wed in a temple ceremony and now have a baby girl. when choosing contestants for the current season. >> someone who put god before himself. handsome would be nice. >> reporter: one thing they're not casting for is drama. erin said he's honestly trying to help chris find a wife he can love for all eternity. >> fun living, not too serious.
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strong lds girl. >> reporter: they're not looking for a marriage that last a lifetime. mormon look for something. >> it's not death until you part it's time and all eternity. wouldn't everybody want that? >> i don't know. i'm single in the afterlife. >> reporter: for anyone who watched popular shows like "big love" and sister wives an obvious question arises. this was a religion that allowed polygamy. >> if you watch those shows, you think you have a choice. >> i have somebody ask me, if you're the bachelorette, can you choose if you want to be a polygamist or not? not exactly. >> reporter: a lot of reason the producers are making the show,
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clear up all the misconceptions. >> is it the mormons watching or others from the outside intrigued? >> i say it's intriguing to people to watch this mormon bubble of dating. the majority of our viewers are lds. >> reporter: as for chris he's still searching for that eternal soulmate. >> i haven't had that jumping out of my chest like i'm in love with somebody. there's potential. a lot of potential. >> reporter: a very different version of reality tv. i'm david wright for "nightline" in los angeles. >> very different indeed the mormon bachelor. thanks, david for that. just ahead. luxury steering, custom fabrics and a nearly $5,000 price tag. we go inside the world of high roller baby strollers. is right for me. you should try our coverage checker. it helps you see if you have too much coverage or not enough,
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state of the art shock absorbers, one-handed steering and a price tag liable to induce sticker shock. the new wave of luxury baby strollers may seem over the top. there's no denying their explosive popularity or the backlash that's resulted. abc's juju chang takes us inside the stroller wars. >> reporter: it boasts one-handed steering, custom babb rick, adjustable seating. a highly engineered performance vehicle and it's a stroller. sticker price up to $1660. but in this battered economy, what explains the hot demand for a luxury baby buggy? the latest model by 4 moms, is a battery operated machine which folds itself automatically. it has the lcd screenta gives
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the weather and charges your cell phone. price tag $850. which is a bargain compared to the 4,500 sleek kid's custom rocker. of course the kardashian sisters were cruising around with one. >> look at that price tag and say who are these people buying these? >> in the economy there's always a flight to value. do you want to invest in a timeless product? in the world of guccis and minute knoll l manolos. >> she strategically placed her product on "sex and the city." >> after a long day in court. miranda faced another jury. >> what does that do to your sales? >> it was great. we had a waiting list of people that said when it comes we will ship. >> reporter: and nothing makes a
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fashionista dro fashion eaista drool than telli her she can't have it. and then a-listers got it. gwyneth paltrow, heidi klum. rachel showed me her bug-a-boo. the functionality appears to all gear heads as well. which drives some like beth feldman bananas. >> did you get $20 million for a film in congratulations if you did. but you don't necessarily have to keep up with them. >> does the baby notice the difference between a $200 stroller and $1500 stroller. . my kids never said mom i remember those days you used to stroll me around the neighborhood. >> reporter: instead of a $1,600
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for a stroerl parents could by diapers or a year's worth of formula or 16 car seats. laugh all you want. but it might be a savvy investment. they hold their resale value. to find out what moms think we made our way to a stroller-cize class in new york city. >> they're comparing strollers. >> i think it folds up really, really well. >> my name is nick and i'm a stroller thief. >> reporter: yet the high price makes it a juicy target for grand theft stroller. but despite the perils, parents will always find newer and better ways to indulge their kids and perhaps themselves. i'm juju chang for "nightline" in new york. really? thanks. juju. thank you for watching abc news. tune imo

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